The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Chicago Park District:
Not Enough Summer Camp Spots

May 6, 2024

Electronic sign-up for Chicago Park District summer camp programs was at 9:00 a.m. on an April morning. By 9:02 a.m., parents were already getting waitlisted—they said it was like trying to get tickets to Beyoncé or Taylor Swift. There was an in-person sign-up a week later, which saw parents camped out in the cold hours before park offices opened, trying to snag a spot for their children.

Chicago Park District’s Summer Camp spots are affordable—five-week day camps run $160, but there are clearly not enough spots. The Park District chalks this up to the usual “labor shortage”—just another way of saying that the pay for Park District workers is too low. Clearly, working families want opportunities for their children—Chicago has beautiful parks that could provide them. Parents should not have to go through the Hunger Games just to put their kids in summer camp—but the ruling class has other plans for the city’s money.